Chicken Tikka Masala really is the Grand Daddy of Anglo Indian Curries, grilled marinaded chicken in a spicy fragrant tomato based sauce.
Rant alert folks, the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe will be tinged with huge quantities of sarcasm and maybe even an overall tone of piss taking. You see us ‘food bloggers’ are a strange crowd and we have to go to all sorts of lengths to get your attention and persuade you to lend us 5 minutes of your time. Some in our midst will literally stop at nothing to be the next Instagram sensation!
It seems to be rainbow everything at the moment, or indeed to score the next ‘pinterest’ multiball, one of the ways to score on Pinterest is to do a ‘slow cooker’ or even an ‘InstantPot’ recipe…
“So prey tell Krumpli, why is this not an ‘InstantPot’ or ‘Slow Cooker’ chiccken tikka masala recipe”, I hear you say.
Well the answer to that dear reader is two fold… Firstly I am not that person, I love writing about food, I love cooking food and most of all I love eating food, but I hate playing social media like it is a bloody pinball machine.
Secondly, I actually know what chicken tikka masala is! I genuinely have no idea what people who are making this in the latest ‘insert piece of kitchen kit here’ think they are doing but the name is pretty simple. To make chicken tikka masala, you kinda need chicken tikka, now tikka has a pretty fixed solid meaning.
It is a piece of food that is marinaded and cooked under a fierce dry heat, typically in a tandoor although a grill works. So unless I missed the memo and can’t find the grill setting on my InstantPot or Slow Cooker, these people are way off the reservation.
Now that is not to say that they are not cooking a nice chicken curry, I have seen many and they look great, they just aint cooking chicken tikka masala.
Aaaannnnddd breathe, I feel better now folks, enjoy this or even make one of them ‘pinterest’ multiball versions but please don’t call it chicken tikka masala, it is like nudging the pinball machine. It is cheating!
Most importantly you are ruining food, if we continue on with this trend pretty much any creamy tomato based curry sauce with chicken in will be called CTM. If we remove the importance of definitions behind names then where will we be when we are trying to decide what we want to eat.